First lady to fundraise for McAuliffe in Virginia

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Last week Obama was in Boston and New York for several fundraising events, including one for Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyDems: Keep gun research ban out of spending bills Overnight Tech: Groups grade Clinton tech agenda | Facebook activates safety check in Istanbul | Another holdup for location data bill Overnight Cybersecurity: US sees drop in Chinese cyberattacks MORE (D) and two events for the Democratic National Committee in New York.

The first lady campaigned and raised money for President Obama last election cycle and her movement this year indicates races that are important to Democrats.

Markey is running for the special election for Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryIsrael’s false friends Kerry questions whether Brexit will actually happen Budowsky: Save Europe, revote Brexit MORE's seat. He is leading GOP nominee Gabriel Gomez in the polls but by a tight margin. And former Republican Sen. Scott Brown first won his seat in a special, which tends to have lower voter turnout, giving the GOP better odds in deep-blue Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, McAuliffe, the former head of the party who has close ties to the Clintons, is in a tough race for Virginia's gubernatorial mansion. He leads Republican nominee Ken Cuccinelli by single digits, according to polls of the race. Virginia holds its gubernatorial election in November.

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